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My Top Ten Romantic Historical or Regency Movies

So often a movie can bring a book to life, and classic books become riveting movies, especially romantic ones. Here are my top ten books to movie favourites.

1. North and South, by Elizabeth Gaskell, a BBC classic adaptation starring the delectable Richard Armitage as John Thornton and Daniela Denby-Ashe as Margaret Hale. I have watched this many times and never tire of it.

2. Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy and Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet. A classic that captivates, even after countless viewings.

3. Downton Abbey is one of my very best choices. I love it to bits and thought the romance between Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley was just one of the best.

4. Jane Eyre starring Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens. This Bronte adaptation by Masterpiece Theatre is modern and moody, timeless and romantic.

5. Lark Rise to Candleford, adapted from Flora Thompson’s trilogy. Although it appears as if nothing very exciting happens, the series is absolutely gripping as you follow the loves and lives of the characters.

6. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot. Hugh Dancy stars as Daniel Deronda, with Romola Garai as Gwendolen Harleth. Beautiful and compelling adaptation!

7. Persuasion is not as popular as Pride and Prejudice but is no less enchanting. Anne (Amanda Root) is captivated when she meets the dignified naval officer Capt. Wentworth (Ciarán Hinds) but she is advised to discourage his romantic overtures because he has no fortune. They meet again eight years later…

8. Sense and Sensibility is another gorgeous Austen adaptation with the love stories of two sisters intertwined. Starring Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet.

9. Emma (also Austen) is the enchanting story of a young woman who meddles in the love affairs of others, not realising love is staring her in the face. Gwyneth Paltrow and the (delectable) Jeremy Northam.

10. The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde, is a hilarious adaptation involving mixed-up communication between couples and starring Colin Firth and Rupert Everett, with Frances O’Connor and Reese Witherspoon.